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Ruth Emerson Johnson

July 13, 1931 ~ October 6, 2020 (age 89)


Ruth C. Johnson, (age 89), passed away peacefully on October 6, 2020 from Alzheimer’s.  She was a resident of Laurel, MD.  

She was born July 23, 1931 to the parents of George Burnham Emerson and Ruth Edna Cram Emerson.  The family are descendants of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ruth was a member of the First Baptist Church of Laurel, where she volunteered as a greeter to welcome new visitors.  She often arranged tea parties and spent countless hours volunteering alongside her husband.

Ruth was the founder and owner of Ruth Allen & Associates, an electrolysis practice, formerly located in Beltsville, MD.  The practice has continued with her daughter in Annapolis, MD.

She and her husband Ed had a love for motorcycles.  You would catch the two of them traveling to many Gold Wing conventions.  They traveled cross-country from Maryland to Banff Canada.  They had many friends that would travel with them and they jokingly and lovingly referred to their Honda Gold Wing gang as the “the OFC” short for (“Old Farts Club”).

Ruth was a talented and gifted homemaker.  She was an amazing cook and loved baking tons of Christmas cookies as well as sewing beautiful curtains and quilts.  She also loved getting dressed up and attending meetings at the Red Hat Society.  Her cute little smile and giggle will be missed by her grandchildren. 

Ruth is survived by her husband of 36 years, Edgar Johnson; 3 children Debbie Larson (Hugh); Robert Allen (Missy) and Valerie O’Neill (Doug); 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Due to COVID, interment is private.  Condolences may be posted on-line, or cards may be sent directly to Donaldson Funeral Home.  Donations in Ruth’s honor can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or First Baptist Church of Laurel.

The family would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the owner of Shanti Home, for her wonderful care and staying with Ruth during her final hours.

“You may be gone from my sight, but you will never be gone from my heart.  I may not be able to see your face, but I will always see your sweet smile.  I may never hear your voice again, but you will forever echo in my soul.” Love you Grandma Ruth  -- Holly.



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